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Gov. Tomblin vetoes bill that prevents abortions after 20 weeks

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVVA) West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin cites constitutional concerns for his decision to veto House Bill 2568.

The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" would have have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks unless it was necessary to either save a woman's life or prevent severe and irreversible damage to her. 

"As reflected in my voting record during my time in the Legislature, I believe there is no greater gift of love than the gift of life. As governor, I must take into consideration a number of factors when reviewing legislation, including its constitutionality. At the start of the regular session, I urged members of the Legislature to consider a compromise that would help us establish legislation that would pass constitutional muster. Having received a substantially similar bill to the one vetoed last year on constitutional grounds, I must veto House Bill 2568," says Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Tomblin vetoed a similar bill last year.

Supporters of the legislation cite moral and religious grounds while opponents say its unconstitutional and inhibits doctors from providing women with the best care possible.

“HB 2568 would have taken away a woman's ability to make extremely personal reproductive health care decision,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, Executive Director of WV FREE. “These decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her provider, not by legislators. Politicians shouldn't play doctor. The Governor made the right choice in vetoing this bill. We are heartened by his decision to place his trust in the women of West Virginia and the health care community.”

The West Virginia Legislature can overturn the Governor's veto with a simple majority vote. 

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